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six degrees of danish bacon

The current issue of New Left Review has an article by Franco Moretti applying a bit of network analysis to the interactions within some pieces of literature. Here is the interaction network in Hamlet, with a tie being defined by whether the characters speak to one another. (Notice that this means that, e.g., Rosencrantz and Guildenstern do not have a tie, even though they’re in the same scenes.)

The Hamlet network

And here is Hamlet without Hamlet:

Hamlet without Hamlet

I think we can safely say that he is a key figure in the network. Though the Prince may be less crucial than he thinks, as Horatio seems to be pretty well positioned, too. Lots more in the article itself.

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Written by Kieran

May 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Posted in books, networks

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  1. ahem

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    gabriel rossman

    May 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  2. A long time ago, someone showed me a network analysis of a play. It was a Galois structure – each scene is represented by the people in the scene. And scenes are connected via overlapping casts.

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    fabiorojas

    May 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  3. Ah, but it is all in follow through, young Gabriel, all in the follow through.

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    Troilus

    May 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

  4. It strikes me that, re: Burt, Horatio should have offed Hamlet before the curtain rises. Then, he would be ideally positioned for arbitrage.

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    mp

    May 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

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